As I’ve been reflecting on how we may relaunch and reestablish things in our church in 2021 I started to think about how we launched our church ten years ago and realized that the common strategies used in church planting might be exactly what we need to move into the uncertainty toward the imagined future God’s laid on our heart. My last post was about calling, today I want to talk about vision.

Since I started out by referring to Andy Stanley’s talk on Leading Through Uncertain Times, we’ll use his definition for vision. …

As we begin a new year most churches will be working to “re-establish” what was lost in 2020. It’s true that the circumstances haven’t completely changed and in some cases, it may “get worse before it gets better,” but the leader's job is to anticipate what is coming, prepare for that and guide our people into the new “imagined future,” even if it means starting our journey from a challenging or even discouraging present.

Our church will celebrate our 10th birthday in March and it’s hard to believe that we’ll be spending our 10th year “re-launching” something we launched a…

If you read through the gospels there are a lot of promises from Jesus about the life his followers will have in relationship with him. He promises abundant life, eternal life, purpose, freedom, truth, and hope. The key in all of this is we find this in relationship with Jesus but too often in our busy lives we opt-out on the things that connect us to Jesus and end up opting out on the things we can only find in him. …

“I really try and believe the best about a person.”

Have you ever heard someone say this?

I love this sentiment. Giving everyone you meet the benefit of the doubt no matter what your knee-jerk reaction is or if their action or reaction matches the one you would have in a similar circumstance. I love it because it would be an incredible way to live and it would make an even more incredible world to live in if more people took this approach.

The problem is I know almost none who actually “believes the best” about the people that are…

I try and read the Bible everyday. When I do I ask God to speak to me. I ask him to show me what’s happening in my life and my world and what He’d like me to do as I read.

It’s remarkable how He provides what we need and even what we want when we ask Him for things like this.

A couple of months ago I sat down to read the book of Titus, it’s a letter Paul wrote to a young pastor. As I sat down to read my heart was troubled. Believe it or not there…

Recently I’ve noticed that my Facebook feed’s been filled up with a lot of people’s frustrations. I’m not just talking about whining and complaining — though there’s a lot of that — I’m also talking about political, social, financial, spiritual and relational frustrations. What’s interesting is that so much of it comes across as trivial when I read it between Buzzfeed links and quizes revealing which Simpson you’d be.

Let me give you an example. This morning I saw an online friend’s post from the night before saying something like “just want to let everyone know I’m ready to give…

I’m not much for meditation — or at least not on purpose. The idea of sitting and reflecting or focusing on a thought or an idea isn’t very thrilling for me. I like to do things. I like to be productive and active and meditation seems to be more passive than I’d like to be so I’m not much for meditation.

Except I meditate constantly.

I’m never not thinking about something. When Meri and I were first married and we’d be sitting quietly in the car or in our tiny apartment living room I would often ask her “what are…

I’m trying to understand prayer. I mean I get prayer but I guess what I mean is I’m trying to understand the life I live around prayer.

I’ve been reading through James over and over this week and I read this passage a few times.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person…

My friend Mike Medved — a computer programer — preaches a few times a year at Renew Communities. Recently we’ve been talking about how we preach effective sermons. Here are a few of his thoughts that I’m thinking through this week as I prepare…

1. People will most likely remember stuff from your first and last 5–7 minutes, so put the huge take aways here, and connect the two if possible. I.e. story from beginning connects with the “so what” from the end or something like that.

2. Brains seek novelty. We should look at our sermons in 5–7 minute…

I’ve been reflecting a lot on true obedience over the last week.

This past Sunday we started a new sermon series at Renew Communities called “It All Matters” and the first sermon was centered around one of my favorite passages — 1 Samuel 15 — where Samuel confronts Saul for opting for religious activities over full obedience to what God had directed him to do.

This morning I was reading through 1 Kings and the life of Solomon and was struck by Solomon’s downfall. You may know that the greatest issue in Solomon’s life was the women he loved (and…

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